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Bluegrass Police Arrest Man on 11 Drug Charges

Bluegrass Police arrested a man on 11 drug charges early Monday morning. According to the roster at the Scott County Sheriff's Office, 31 year old Zachary Paul White was arrested at approximately 12:37 Am on Monday and charged with Felony Drug Tax Stamp, Driving without Insurance, Speeding, 2 charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and 9 charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance. White was taken from Bluegrass to the Scott County Jail where he's being held with a $17,500 bond. 

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IHSA in Need of Officials in Illinois

It’s not a crisis, but the Illinois High School Association is experiencing a shortage of officials throughout the state. Jim Taylor reports.

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Geneseo Teens Leading Local Zero Hour Climate March in Geneseo

A pair of Geneseo teens are leading the way locally as part of a nationwide climate change protest. Emily and Elizabeth Yost of Geneseo are organizing a sister march to the nationwide Zero Hour Climate March set for July 21st in Washington D.C with sister marches around the country including one in Geneseo. 

The march is aimed at teenagers who are demanding an end to Washington D.C's business as usual approach to climate change. For their part. the march being organized by Emily and Elizabeth will feature multiple speakers and be attended by teens from across Henry County. Elizabeth Yost tells us that several speakers at the march have been lined up... 

What inspired Emily and Elizabeth to get involved with the Zero Hour Climate Watch?

Anyone who is interested is welcomed to attend the Zero Hour Climate March in Geneseo though the event is aimed at teenagers. If you'd like to attend and show your support the Zero Hour Climate Change March in Geneseo will be July 21st at 10 Am in Geneseo City Park on Pearl Street. 

 

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Donahue Man Arrested on Felony Charge

A Donahue man has been arrested following an assault in a rural trailer park. According to the Scott County Sheriff's Office, Brian Joseph Weaver, 29 years old of Donahue, assaulted another man at the Country Estates Mobile Home Park using a 2 by 4 and a Breaker Bar. Deputies arrived on the scene to find the victim bleeding from the back of the head and a bloody breaker bar nearby in the back of a truck. When confronted Brian James Weaver claimed that he did not use a 2 by 4 in the assault but a further search of the property led to the discovery of a bloody 2 by 4. Weaver was arrested and charged with Willful Injury. He is currently being held at the Scott County Jail on $10,000 bond. 

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No Charges to Be Filed in Fatal Bettendorf Motorcycle Accident

The City of Bettendorf has announced that no charges will be filed related to a fatal motorcycle accident on Monday night. According to a release from the City of Bettendorf, 40-year old Casey Hitchcock of Bettendorf lost control of his 2016 Harley Davidson Street Glide Motorcycle before striking the back end of a 2008 Chevy Cobalt driven by a 24-year-old Davenport man. Hitchcock was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and died from injuries sustained after the motorcycle fell on its side after the crash. 

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Bettendorf Police Release Further Information on State Street Accident

Bettendorf Police are releasing more information regarding an accident on State Street last night. According to Police, 35-year old Jonathan Talbot of East Moline was travelling south on 23rd Street in Bettendorf toward State Street when he failed to adhere to a traffic control device and struck the trailer of a Semi driven by 59 year old Larry Larson of Davenport. Talbot's vehicle was badly damaged as it struck the trailer and went underneath it and out the other side continuing to travel southbound striking several fixtures as it exited the roadway. Talbot was taken from the scene by ambulance to a local medical facility before being airlifted to Iowa City. Talbot is currently in stable condition. The accident closed the State Street-23rd Street Intersection for 30 minutes. Bettendorf Police are continuing to investigate the crash. 

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Davenport Woman Going Viral Following Personal Statement at Portillos Zoning Meeting

A Davenport woman is going viral following an unusual rant at a Davenport Zoning Committee Meeting. Lisa Ann Whitmer Wegman of Davenport attended the recent Davenport Zoning Committee hearing regarding the zoning of the planned Portillos Restaurant in Davenport. When she went to the microphone during public comments things took a turn for the very, very personal... 

Comedy website and podcast Barstool Sports is among several websites that have taken notice of the video after it was posted twitter and Facebook not long after the meeting. 

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Senator Durbin Criticizes President Trump on Foreign Relations

Senator Dick Durbin had harsh words for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ahead of President Trump’s upcoming meetings with NATO allies and Russian President Putin. ...

Durbin is concerned about President Trump's mindset and rhetoric when it comes to Nato..

In June, Durbin introduced a resolution that would reaffirm America’s commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

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Illinois Attorney General Investigating No Poaching Agreements in Fast Food Industry

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining 10 fellow state attorneys general in investigating 'No Poaching agreements in the Fast Food industry. The investigation aims to know if employees are being made to sign agreements that prevent them from working at other stores in the food chain. Our  Kim Howard has more...

Investigators are aiming to determine if so-called No Poaching agreements prevent wages from going up in the industry by barring employees from moving between stores within a chain whether they are seeking a promotion or simply asking for higher wages.

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Busy Day for John Deere Classic Wednesday

Busy day for the John Deere Classic on Wednesday as the John Deere Classic Pro-Am tees off at Deere Run at 6:45 Am on Wednesday. The Pro-Am gives John Deere Classic fans the chance to mingle with the professional players on hand for the weekend tournament while also raising money for John Deere Classic charities. Equally important, however, is the opportunity for players to get a feel of the course a day before the tournament gets competitive on Thursday. Those with tickets to the John Deere Classic can attend the Pro-Am on Wednesday free of charge. Later on Wednesday night, John Deere Classic fans, organizers and some participants will be enjoying a concert by country music star Lee Brice at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf. The charity concert gets underway at 8 Pm with a $125 donation to JDC Charities the price of admission. 

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Silvis Man Charged with Multiple Felonies Including Kidnapping in Davenport

A Rock Island man is in the Scott County Jail on multiple felony charges including kidnapping. According to the Scott County Sheriff's Office, 24 year old Cortez Deangelo Cooper was arrested in Silvis after an attempt to pull over his vehicle in the area of Division Street turned into a chase that crossed into Bettendorf and across the I-74 Bridge. Davenport Police enlisted the help of the Silvis Police Department which eventually tracked Cooper's vehicle to the 800 Block of 11th Street in Silvis before Cooper was finally taken into custody. This came after Cooper broke into a home in Davenport, assaulted male resident of the home before kidnapping a woman who lived there, believed to be Cooper's ex-girlfriend. Cooper is now in the Scott County Jail on four felony charges 1st Degree Burglary, 2 Charges of Eluding, and 2nd Degree Kidnapping. Cooper also faces misdemeanor counts of Disobeying a Traffic Device and Speeding. He is currently housed at the Scott County Jail with a bond of $100,000. 

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Davenport Man Arrested on Weapons Charges

Davenport Police arrested a Davenport man on weapons charges early Tuesday morning. According to information from the Scott County Sheriff's Office, Davenport Police arrested 36 year old Antione Raynard Evans of Davenport on a pair of weapons charges. Evans was booked at the Scott County Jail at approximately 3:37 Am on Tuesday morning on charges of Assault While Displaying a Weapon and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Evans had previously been arrested in his home state of Minnesota in 2013. Evans is currently being held at the Scott County Jail on a $5000.00 bond. 

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Bettendorf Police Investigating Early Morning Accident

Bettendorf Police are investigating an early morning accident on Tuesday. According to a release from the Bettendorf Police Department, the accident took place on State Street/US 67 eastbound at approximately 4:37 Am. One person suffered severe injuries in the single-car accident and was taken from the scene to a local hospital. No other information is being released at this time, Bettendorf Police are continuing to investigate the accident. 

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Senator Charles Grassley Praises President Pick for Supreme Court

Senator Charles Grassley believes that President Trump's choice for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified nominees to come before the Senate. The Iowa Senator released this statement following the President's announcement of his nominee on Monday night. 

“Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified Supreme Court nominees to come before the Senate. His credentials are well known, and he’s served with distinction as a judge on the esteemed D.C. Circuit for more than a decade. He is a superb mainstream candidate worthy of the Senate’s consideration,” Grassley said.

“As we have always done when reviewing nominees for lifetime-appointed judgeships, the Senate Judiciary Committee will conduct a fair and comprehensive evaluation of the nominee’s background and qualifications followed by hearings where we’ll hear directly from the nominee as we fulfill our advice and consent responsibility.”

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Davenport Police and Crime Stoppers Still Seeking Tips in Teen's Death

Davenport Police and Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities are still asking for tips in the case of the death of Javontius Jones. 16 year old Jones was shot and killed at the Hilltop Liquor Store in Davenport on May 19th. If you have any information about the shooting of Javontia Jones of Davenport please contact Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500. If your tip leads to an arrest, you may receive a cash reward. 

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Pritzker Campaign Still Pushing Graduated Income Tax

Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Prizker has called for a graduated income tax in Illinois. His running mate, State Representative Juliana Stratton is carrying the torch for the Prizker on that issue...

Stratton notes there are no sacred cows that will be spared of the graduated tax.....

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Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities Seeking Tips on Bettendorf Shooting

Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities is pitching in to try and help Bettendorf Police find a shooter. On Friday, June 6th. a victim was shot outside of the Village Inn restaurant on State Street in Bettendorf. The suspect fled the scene before police arrived. Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities is now taking calls from anyone who might have information that could lead to the capture of the suspect. If you have any information about this shooting, please contact Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500. If your tip leads to an arrest you could be entitled to a cash reward. 

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EPA Transparency Rule Could Block New Science

The departure of Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt comes as the agency is trying to implement a controversial rule that opponents say could reduce the amount of scientific data considered when drafting environmental regulations.

The Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science rule purports to ensure the regulation process is accessible to all. But Rachel McIntosh-Kastrinsky with the group Medical Advocates for Healthy Air said although data transparency is a good idea, there are implications if it's required as part of a regulation.

"If it is enacted as a rule from EPA, it can cause EPA to eliminate scientific studies," McIntosh-Kastrinsky said. "And therefore, potentially, enacting this rule would eliminate the use of certain science, and therefore impede environmental regulation."

Her group is joining others to oppose the rule, which is open for public comment until August 16.

In late June, the 44-member Scientific Advisory Board to the EPA asked the agency not to revise or finalize the rule until the board can analyze it and offer comments. If enacted, the rule could exclude clinical studies derived from human databases, impede the development of new science and exclude historical studies.

While the departure of Pruitt may have come as a surprise late last week, McIntosh-Kastrinsky said the agency is expected to continue its efforts to enact this rule.

"Looking at Andrew Wheeler, who is the now-acting administrator, and his background, I imagine they will probably proceed with trying to implement this rule," she said. "However, with all rules that are proposed at the EPA and on the federal level, they have a comment period."

The EPA already has an external review body, known as the Clean Air Science Advisory Committee. Its mission is to provide a diverse and independent peer review of the science considered by the agency when establishing policies.

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One Dead in Shooting at Bettendorf Restaurant

One person is dead following a shooting at the Village Inn restaurant on State Street in Bettendorf. According to Bettendorf Police, the shooting took place just after 4 Am at the restaurant located at 1210 State Street. The only other information released at this time is that one victim was found in the restaurant parking lot by officers responding to the emergency call and that no suspect is currently in custody.

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Davenport Parks and Recreation Says Goodbye to Scott Hock

Scott Hock is leaving his position as director of Davenport Parks. Hock accepted the position of Parks Director in Cedar Rapids back in May. The Davenport City Council and members of the Parks and Rec staff feted Hock at Fejevary Park on Thursday. Four candidates to replace Hock as the director of Davenport Parks will be interviewed by the City Council on July 12th and there will be a public meet and greet with the final four choices at the Figge Art Museum from 5 to 7 Pm that night. 

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Davenport Police Identify Teen Killed in Accident on 53rd Street

One person is dead following an accident involving an SUV and a motorcycle on 53rd Street in Davenport. According to Davenport Police, the victim is 19 year old Drew Morgan of Davenport. Morgan was riding the motorcycle involved in the accident at the intersection of 53rd Street and Division on Thursday night, just after 7 Pm. No other details are being released at this time. The driver of the SUV in the accident was not harmed. 

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Police Identify Teen Killed in Off-Road Vehicle Accident

An Eldridge teenager has been identified as the victim in a deadly off-road vehicle accident outside of Princeton, Iowa in Scott County. According to the Scott County Sheriff's office, Fenn was one of four people riding on a utility task vehicle on private land near Princeton, Iowa when an accident occurred. No details about the crash or the conditions of the other three occupants of the vehicle have been released at this time and no charges related to the accident have been announced. 

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Senator Charles Grassley Releases Statement on EPA Head Resignation

Senator Charles Grassley says that President Trump did the right thing in accepting the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt. You can read Senator Grassley's statement below...

“President Trump made the right decision. Administrator Pruitt’s ethical scandals and his undermining of the President’s commitment to biofuels and Midwest farmers were distracting from the agency’s otherwise strong progress to free the nation of burdensome and harmful government regulations. Fewer things are more important for government officials than maintaining public trust. Administrator Pruitt, through his own actions, lost that trust. I hope Acting Administrator Wheeler views this as an opportunity to restore this Administration’s standing with farmers and the biofuels industry. I’m looking forward to working with Acting Administrator Wheeler to do just that.”

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Bettendorf Announces Sculpture Dedication

The City of Bettendorf has announced a new sculpture dedication. In a release from the city, it was announced that 'The Other Extreme' by Tim Adams will be formally dedicated in its new location, outside the Waterfront Convention Center on State Street in Bettendorf, on Tuesday, July 10th at 3 Pm. The sculpture is part of the Quad City Arts' Public Sculpture Program and is leased for public display for one year before it will either be replaced or remain as a permanent installation. 

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Davenport Man Arrested Following Two State Chase

Henry County Sheriff’s arrested a suspect in the burglary of a pharmacy in Alpha, Illinois. According to the Henry County Sheriff’s office release, 31 year old Roman T. Lloyd of Davenport, Iowa, was arrested following a two state police chase wherein he was followed by Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies across the I-80 Bridge to LeClaire, Iowa where he was captured after leaving his vehicle and beginning a foot pursuit. Lloyd was taken from the scene to the Scott County Iowa jail on the Henry County warrant for 2 counts of Burglary, Theft, Aggravated Fleeing and Attempting to Elude Police. Henry County Sheriff’s were aided in the case by the Colona Police Department, the Illinois State Police, the Scott County Sheriff’s Department and the LeClaire, Iowa Police Department.

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Governor Rauner Weighing Raise to Minimum Teacher Salaries

Governor Bruce Rauner is weighing the impact of legislation that would require higher minimum teacher salaries. When it comes to the impact of legislation that would eventually require a starting salary of 40-thousand dollars, Rauner says size matters...

Rauner believes the state can help school districts fund the higher salaries without spending a dime...

The legislation was sent to the Governor last week.

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Bustos Will Support Senate Version of Farm Bill

Representative Cheri Bustos is supporting the Farm Bill put forward by the U.S Senate. That said, Bustos maintains that there are portions of the House Farm Bill that Bustos feels should not be forgotten.

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Tree Branch Falls Kills Two at Fireworks Celebration in Rock Island

Witnesses heard what sounded like fireworks, large cracking noises before a large branch from a tree outside the Rock Island County Courthouse fell and two people were killed. 61 year old Daniel Ortiz Mendoza and 72 year old Lawrence Anderson were killed in the tragic accident that took place as they were attending the fireworks display for Red White and Boom on Tuesday night. A third person was injured in the accident. A 21 year old East Moline woman, pregnant at the time of the accident, was injured by the branch crashing down and went into labor, eventually giving birth to a healthy baby. 

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Davenport Man Arrested in Kewanee on Charges of Grooming and Indecent Soliciting of a Minor

Kewanee, Illinois Police have released the arrest photo of James M. Caldwell of Davenport, Iowa. Caldwell was arrested on Tuesday, July 3rd, in the 100 Block of East Central Boulevard on Kewanee at approximately 10:03 Pm. Caldwell was arrested without incident on preliminary charges of Indecent Solicitation of a Child, Solicitation to Meet a Child, Grooming and Traveling to Meet a Minor. He remains in the Henry County Jail as of this writing. 

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Davenport Police See Steep Rise in Illegal Fireworks Calls, Arrests and Injuries

Davenport Police are expressing concern over a steep rise in fireworks accidents in the City. According to a release from Davenport Police, fireworks related calls are up more than 26% from this same time last year, from June 1st through July 2nd. Overall Davenport Police have responded to 379 illegal fireworks calls and have filed charges in 11 incidents while criminal charges may be pending in several other cases. Among the most serious incidents in this time frame came on July 1st, at approximately 12:20 Am, in the 5800 Block of Northwest BLVD, a 16 year old male had to be transported to the Genesis emergency room with serious injuries to his hands and face. Another serious incident happened on July 2nd at approximately 10:08 Pm, in the area of 1300 West 16th Street, Davenport Police responded to a call about a 23 year old male with serious injuries to his hand from a fireworks accident. Medic EMS took the 23 year old subject to Genesis. Davenport Police are investigating both incidents to decide whether criminal charges will be filed. 

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Moline Police Warning Residents About Fireworks Use

Moline Police are reminding residents that personal use fireworks are against the law. In a note from Detective Michael Griffin, Moline residents need to be aware that if they are caught with fireworks in Moline they will face penalties. That said, fireworks are a consistent complaint this time of year in Moline, hence the decision to send out the reminder that if you are caught with fireworks you will face a fine. 

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Illinois State Police District 7 Release May Enforcement Numbers

Illinois State Police District 7 have released patrol numbers for the month of May. According to the release from the Illinois State Police, State Police Officers in District 7 responded to 1153 calls, 180 of which were regarding stalled vehicles on the side of the highway. Illinois State Police Officers made 126 arrests in the month of May on speeding charges. 57 people in the month of Mau alone were cited for driving without a seatbelt and issued a total 354 citations and more than 400 warnings to District 7 drivers. ISP was called to the site of 47 crashes in the month of May with only 1 fatality. 

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Davenport Police Battle Mobile Home Fire

Davenport Police on Monday night battled a blaze at a mobile home park in Davenport. According to a release from the City of Davenport, the blaze broke out overnight at a mobile home park in the 5100 Block of Fairmont in Davenport. Davenport Fire District Chief Robbie Minnaert revealed that Firefighters found the mobile home with smoke rising from a back room of the home. After breaking down the door firemen were able to reach the fire and get it put out. Thankfully, no one was home and no one was hurt in the fire. Davenport Fire personnel were on scene for over two hours/ 

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Davenport Government Closed for Independence Day Wednesday

The City of Davenport is observing Independence Day on Wednesday and as such several city operated facilities will be closed that day. Davenport City Hall, City Offices and Public Works will all be closed for the day. Davenport Police Department Front Desk and Records Department will be closed. Davenport Parks and Recreation Department will be closed along with The River's Edge facility. The Adler Theater Box Office, Davenport Libraries, Vander Veer Conservatory, Citibus and the city Compost facility will be closed on Wednesday as well. As for garbage service, all routes for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be pushed back by one day with Friday trash pick-up happening on Saturday. 

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Bettendorf Reminding Residents of Rules for Personal Fireworks Use

The City of Bettendorf is reminding residents of local laws regarding the personal use of fireworks. According to a release from the City of Bettendorf, city ordinances remain in place banning the use of personal fireworks outside of a specific timeframe. Residents can set off fireworks at a private residence on July 3rd or 4th between the hours of 2 Pm to 11 Pm. Fireworks are not permitted for personal use on public property or in public parks. Residents setting off fireworks outside the specified times or places could be subject to fines anywhere between $250 to $650 depending on the nature of the crime, first offence, multiple offences, and so on. If Bettendorf Police come to your home regarding a call about personal use of fireworks outside designated times and the person setting off the fireworks does not come forward, the homeowner could face a fine of $650.00.

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Senator Grassley Arguing for Same Day Supreme Court Audio to Be Releaed to the Public

Senator Chuck Grassley and Vermont Democrat Senator Patrick Leahy want you to be able to hear audio of Supreme Court oral arguments. In a release from Senator Grassley’s office, the Senator argued the idea of releasing same-day recordings of oral arguments before the Supreme Court would create greater transparency in the court’s work. Grassley in the statement goes on to say: “By releasing same-day audio recordings of all oral arguments, the Court has a unique opportunity to open up its proceedings beyond the select few who will ever have the chance to be physically present during arguments. Most importantly, the American public will grow in its appreciation of—and confidence in—the rule of law that safeguards our constitutional system,”

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Bettendorf Independence Day Celebration Begins Tuesday with Free Concert in the Park

The City of Bettendorf is starting the Independence celebration a night early. On Tuesday, July 3rd, things will get underway with a free outdoor concert beginning at 5 Pm. The classic rock band Hap Hazard will play starting at 5 Pm followed by the Army Band at 7 Pm and then country singer Adam Cunningham, from Grandview, Iowa, will take the stage at 9 Pm. Food and Beer will be available for purchase at the park but coolers are welcome. The concert will take place on the West Stage near 18th Street on Spruce Hills Drive.

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Pre-Holiday Weekend a Busy One for State Police in Rock Island

The Illinois State Police were very busy during a roadside safety check Friday night, June 29th into early Saturday, June 30th. According to a release from the state police, a roadside safety check in the area of Illinois Rte 92 and 34th Street in Rock Island led to 22 citations and a pair of warnings for drivers. Among the 22 citations were 7 alcohol or drug related citations, 8 driver's license warnings, and multuple safety belt violations. The Illinois State Police are reminding drivers that there will be stepped up enforcement throughout this pre-holiday weekend and through the 4th of July, next Wednesday. 

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Exelon Announces New State of the Art Expansion in Cordova

Exelon Corporation wants the Quad Cities to know that the plant isn’t going anywhere. Despite having been on the verge of closing last year when owners found the plant to be underperforming; the company is now hailing the fact that Exelon is staying. Part of the effort to let people know they aren’t leaving was a grand opening on Thursday night for Exelon’s new Expanded and Modernized Professional Learning Center. In a press release, Exelon stated that the Learning Center was emblematic of the commitment Exelon is making to stay open and stay in Cordova. 

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City of Davenport Releases Red White and Boom Flood Map

One of the most popular spots to watch the annual Red White and Boom fireworks as part of the 4th of July Celebration. Davenport Police have released a new map of downtown, showing fans where they can go for a good vantage point of the fireworks. The map highlights Modern Woodman Ballpark as an alternative area to gather to watch the massive two state fireworks extravaganza. Check out the new flood map of downtown Davenport here. As for the flood, the crest is set for Sunday evening with water slowly crawling back into the banks of the Mississippi as the week goes on. 

 

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Moline Police Make Arrest in Early Morning Stabbing

A Moline man was arrested early Friday morning after a fight ended in a stabbing. According to a release from the Moline Police Department, 32 year old Jameaal D. Lovelady of Moline got into a fight at approximately 2:32 Am on Friday morning and before the fight ended, he'd pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed the man he was fighting with. The victim of the stabbing suffered only minor injuries and was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Unitypoint Trinity in Rock Island. Lovelady stands charged with Aggravated Battery and as of this writing remained in the Rock Island County Jail. Moline Police are continuing to investigate the incident and are asking anyone who may have witnessed the altercation in question to contact the Moline Police Department at 309-524-2140 or contact Crimestoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-950.

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Quad City Times Editorial Staff Calling on Davenport Police to Investigate Bike Path Death

The Quad City Times is calling upon Davenport Police to investigate the death of Ruth Morris. Ms. Morris died on Saturday morning while walking the bike path in Davenport when she struck by a bicyclist. While emergency medical professionals arrived at the scene to initiate live saving procedures, the Times claims that no members of Davenport law enforcement were on scene, no witnesses were interviewed and no evidence gathered as to what actually took place. The Times Editorial Board did state that even by the account of Morris' son that his mother's death was nothing more than a tragic accident, the editorial staff argued that an investigation may turn up information that could make the bike paths safer and that such results make an investigation valuable and necessary. 

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Red White Boom Viewing Areas Effected by Flooding

Due to the rising waters of the Mississippi, planned viewing areas for the annual Red White and Boom celebration are changing. According a release from the City of Davenport, flood waters have risen to 14.89 feet and it is expected that the flood crest may happen Sunday with water at a level of 16.9 feet. This means that spots that had traditionally been viewing areas for Red White and Boom may not be available due to flooding. Updated viewing areas for Red White and Boom are expected to be released today on the City of Davenport website. 

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Davenport to Weigh Making West Central Park a Three Lane Road

The City of Davenport will hold a meeting on Monday night to discuss potential plans to make West Central Park into a three lane road. According to a release from the City of Davenport, the idea, if approved, would make West Central Park a three lane road between Harrison Street and Division Street. This means there would be an eastbound lane, a westbound lane and a turn only lane. Should the idea move forward the change to West Central Park could begin to take place by mid-July with the restriping of the streets taking place after current pavement improvements on West Central Park are completed.


 

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Senator Tammy Duckworth in Galesburg Today

Senator Tammy Duckworth will be holding mobile office hours in Galesburg this afternoon. According to a release from Senator Duckworth's office, the Senator will meet with constituents at the Galesburg Public Library at 40 East Simmons Street from 2 Pm to 4 Pm this afternoon. Among the topics Senator Duckworth will be addressing are Veterans Affairs requests, Social Security Questions and Federal Grant questions. Duckworth released this statement as part of the event: “Reaching as many Illinoisans as possible and talking about their concerns is one of my top priorities as Senator, and making my team available in every corner of the state will help.” Senator Duckworth then added “These Mobile Office Hours in Galesburg will help hardworking families learn about federal resources available to them, cut through red tape and get the timely replies they deserve. We look forward to hosting accompanying mobile office hours across Illinois in the days, weeks and months ahead.”

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WWE Superstar Seth Rollins Returning to Davenport Tonight

The world knows him as Seth Rollins but when the former WWE Intercontinental Champion and World Heavyweight Champion returns to his hometown in Davenport, he's just Colby. Colby Lopez/Seth Rollins is returning to his hometown tonight for an appearance at Modern Woodman Ballpark where the Quad City River Bandits are playing host to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. It's Black & Brave Wrestling Night at Modern Woodman Ballpark and while Colby won't be wrestling, he will be on hand to help raise funds for K9 Kindness this week's We Care Wednesday charity for the River Bandits. As for Seth Rollins, he's currently locked in a feud with opponent Dolph Ziggler and his partner Drew McIntyre with a match at the WWE Pay Per View Extreme Rules a likely upcoming event. 

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Report: Illinois Kids are Counting on Accurate Census

Illinois is doing better at improving the lives of children than in past years, according to the new 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book.

At the same time, the report warns progress could be undermined by a 2020 Census under-count. The annual snapshot of child well-being says an estimated 150,000 Illinois children live in areas deemed by the census as "hard-to-count."

The KIDS COUNT manager at Voices for Illinois Children, Anna Rowan, says if children are missed, the state could lose out on funding that provides critical supports for a healthy start in life.

"We're talking about Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, Head Start grants, and grants for Title I schools and the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program," Rowan says. "These are all vital programs for child well-being. "

Bright spots for Illinois, she notes, include low rates of uninsured children and the expansion of preschool programs. The state ranks 22nd overall, ahead of neighboring Midwestern states Indiana and Missouri, but far behind such top-five states as Minnesota and Iowa.

Rowan is convinced there are areas where Illinois could do better for its kids.

"Where we continue to struggle is in the area of economic security for our families," she explains. "More than 500,000 children in Illinois live in poverty, and almost one in three Illinois children lives in a household with a high housing-cost burden."

Laura Speer, the Casey Foundation's associate director for policy reform and advocacy, adds the Census needs to fully fund state and local outreach, and broaden the group of people and organizations who can reach hard-to-count areas and encourage participation.

"There is a lot of fear of whether or not the information in the census might be used against families," Speer warns. "So, it's important to make sure that groups like childcare providers, churches, schools and libraries are places where people feel safe to fill out the census form. "

The report notes the under-count of young children has worsened with each census since 1980, and in 2010 had a national under-count of one million children under age five.

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ISP Announce Results Of OREP

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 7 Commander, Captain Jason Dickey, announces the results of Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) held in Rock Island County during June. These OREPs provided extra patrol coverage for the ISP so officers could focus on saving lives by making sure all vehicle occupants were buckled up.

Violations Enforcement Activity
Safety Belt Citations  19
Child Restraint Citations  0
Total Citations  33
Total Written Warnings  12

Most motorists know safety belts save lives, but some ignore their safety and that of their families by
neglecting to use safety belts and child restraint devices. These patrols reinforce the occupant protection message by focusing on those who ignore the law. Lives can be saved if people simply
“buckle up!” This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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Illinois State Police Release Rock Island County Enforcement Numbers

The Illinois State Police have released the Alcohol Counter-Measures-Enforcement numbers for the month of June, thus far in Rock Island County. According to the ISP District 7 numbers, 44 people have been cited for violations in June. These include 1 Driving Under the Influence Citation, 1 Alcohol/Drug Citation, 2 Seatbelt Violations, 1 Registration violation, 4 Drivers License offenses, 19 Citations with Arrests, and 12 Written Warnings.

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Rock Island County Integrity Task Force Investigating Officer Involved Shooting in Moline

An officer involved shooting is under investigation in Moline. According to Moline Police the incident occurred at approximately 12:35 Am in the 3300 Block of Avenue of the Cities. Officers arrived on the scene of a reported burglary in the area and encountered the suspect attempting to flee the scene. The suspect and Moline Police exchanged gunfire and the suspect was hit. Moline Firefighters took the suspect from the scene to UnityPoint in Rock Island where at last report the suspect was undergoing surgery. The Rock Island County Integrity Task Force has taken on the investigation of the shooting and as of early this morning a section of Avenue of the Cities, the alleyway from 31st to 34th street has been closed to traffic while investigators gather evidence. No other details have been released at this time.

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Screening of "The Mask You Live In" To Be Held June 23rd


Local youth to take part in activities about toxic cultural expectations that lead to violence and discussion about alternatives

 June 23rd  5-8pm 1540 W 12th St, Davenport, IA 52804

Brought to you by Treasure Box, a local 501©3, Starting at 5pm the Re-fl3x dance troupe will be performing followed by an opportunity for youth to grab refreshments. At 6 pm a local poet will be doing an introduction for the film then participants will watch the film (approximately 60 min runtime) followed by a discussion led by Brean Woods about the film and what youth can do to make better choices. This event is part of community engagement.

Prizes and approximately 20 professional mentoring opportunities will be drawn as raffle prizes at the conclusion of the event.

More information about the event can be found here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/366008733920281/
 

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Iowa Work Force Has Received An Apprenticeship Grant

Organizations are invited to submit proposals to Iowa Workforce Development to receive funding to grow Registered Apprenticeship opportunities in Iowa.

 

Iowa Workforce Development was recently awarded an additional $1 million ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to strengthen and grow Registered Apprenticeship opportunities in Iowa. The grant is focused on expanding opportunities in healthcare and advanced manufacturing, the fastest growing and largest employment sectors in the state, as well as increasing the participation of women, youth, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities.

 

Organizations may apply for funding in five areas: Quality Pre-Apprenticeship; High School Registered Apprenticeship; Healthcare Sector Registered Apprenticeship; Advanced Manufacturing Sector Registered Apprenticeship; and Pilot Quality Pre-Apprenticeship Program.

 

Gov. Kim Reynolds encourages organizations to apply for the funding to further grow Iowa's Registered Apprenticeship footprint.

 

"Increasing the number of Registered Apprenticeship Programs and Registered Apprentices will help us close Iowa’s skills gap and help Iowans pursue rewarding careers and good-paying jobs," Gov. Reynolds said. "Healthcare and manufacturing are critical to Iowa's economy, and it is vital we have the skilled workers for these jobs. Registered Apprenticeship growth is an important strategy to help our state reach its Future Ready Iowa goal of having 70 percent of its workforce with education or training beyond high school by 2025."

 

The funding proposals are due to Iowa Workforce Development by 1 p.m. on Friday, July 27. The full Request for Proposal (RFP) and  the guidelines for submitting a proposal is available online for the following programs:

 

Quality Pre-Apprenticeship Programs: Recognized Quality Pre-Apprenticeship Programs may apply for a $10,000 award to focus on career pathways to create or provide on-going support of a Quality Pre-Apprenticeship program. The funds can be used for creation of curriculum, supportive services, participant support costs, outreach, and staff costs for developing and operating the program. Each Quality Pre-Apprenticeship program must have at least one Quality Pre-Apprentice or 10 percent of Quality Pre-Apprentices, whichever amount is greater, hired by a Registered Apprenticeship program by Oct. 31, 2020. Total funding available is $150,000.

 

High School Registered Apprenticeship Programs: High School Registered Apprenticeship Programs may apply for a $15,000 award. This award may be used to start or to support a current High School Registered Apprenticeship Program. The funds can be used for Related Training Instruction, supportive services and a Registered Apprenticeship coordinator. Total funding available is $145,000.

 

Healthcare Sector Registered Apprenticeship Program: This funding is to be used to grow at least 200 active Registered Apprentices in the healthcare sector. The funds can be used for Related Training Instruction, supportive services, stipends to apprentices or sponsors to incentivize retention, a Registered Apprenticeship coordinator and travel. Total funding available is $150,000.

 

Advanced Manufacturing Registered Sector Apprenticeship Program: This funding is to be used to grow at least 200 active Registered Apprentices in the advanced manufacturing sector. The funds can be used for Related Training Instruction, supportive services, stipends to apprentices or sponsors to incentivize retention, a Registered Apprenticeship coordinator and travel. Total funding available is $150,000.

 

Pilot Quality Pre-Apprenticeship Program: This funding will be used to provide a pipeline of at least 200 active pre-apprentices to Registered Apprenticeship Programs with a focus on underrepresented populations. The funds can be used for creation of curriculum, supportive services, participant support costs, outreach, and staff costs for developing and operating the program. Extra points will be awarded for programs targeting healthcare and advanced manufacturing sectors and programs that have a statewide presence. Total funding available is $125,000.

 

Iowa Workforce Development received an initial $1.8 million ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant received from the U.S. Department of Labor in November of 2016. The additional $1 million in funding ends on Oct. 31, 2020.

 

Beth Townsend, Director of Iowa Workforce Development, said the additional funding can serve as a springboard for organizations to start a new program or support an existing program.

 

"More and more employers from diverse industries are finding a Registered Apprenticeship allows them to recruit, train and retain workers to build a workforce that meets their needs," Director Townsend said. "We are excited to receive this additional funding that we can share with organizations who are committed to growing Registered Apprenticeship opportunities, helping us to meet the Future Ready Iowa goal."

 

Registered Apprenticeship Programs help recruit, train a skilled workforce and retain talent. There are currently more than 1,000 apprenticeable occupations in industries that include energy, information technology, healthcare, financial services, transportation, advanced manufacturing, food and beverage preparation, and the building trades.

 

Iowa employers and job seekers can explore Registered Apprenticeship opportunities at earnandlearniowa.gov. The website helps employers understand how a Registered Apprenticeship Program works, the value it brings to their business, the resources available to help them set up a program and has a form to complete to receive more information.

 

Job seekers who are interested in exploring Registered Apprenticeship opportunities are encouraged to visit the website and fill out an online form to connect them to a local IowaWORKS Center. In addition IowaWORKS Center staff can help with resume preparation, cover letter assistance and mock interviews. 

 

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Flash Flood Watch In Effect Through Friday Morning

Flash Flood Watch
Flood Watch
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA IL
347 AM CDT Thu Jun 21 2018

...Periods of Heavy Rain Today and Tonight...

.Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing this morning will
become more widespread this afternoon and evening as a very humid
air mass remains over eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois.
Rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour could produce flash
flooding in urban areas, and near smaller rivers and streams. More
prolonged high water levels are also possible as the ground
becomes saturated.

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/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
Delaware-Dubuque-Jones-Jackson-Clinton-Scott-Jo Daviess-
Stephenson-Carroll-Whiteside-Rock Island-Henry IL-Bureau-Putnam-
Including the cities of Manchester, Dubuque, Anamosa, Maquoketa,
Clinton, Davenport, Bettendorf, Galena, Freeport, Mount Carroll,
Sterling, Moline, Rock Island, Geneseo, Princeton, and Hennepin
347 AM CDT Thu Jun 21 2018

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING...

The National Weather Service in Quad Cities has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of Illinois and Iowa, including
  the following areas, in Illinois, Bureau, Carroll, Henry IL,
  Jo Daviess, Putnam, Rock Island, Stephenson, and Whiteside. In
  Iowa, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson, Jones, and Scott.

* Through Friday morning.

* Slow moving showers and thunderstorms and multiple rounds of
  storms may produce heavy rain over already saturated ground.
  Peak rainfall rates may reach 1 to 2 inches per hour. Total rain
  amounts will vary considerably, but an additional 2 to 4 inches
  are possible in the heaviest bands, with isolated higher amounts
  not out of the question.

* Those near smaller rivers, streams, and low-lying areas should
  be prepared for dangerous flash flooding and more prolonged high
  water levels. Urban flooding is also a threat. Remember never
  to drive through flooded roadways. There were many reports of
  stalled vehicles in the Quad Cities on Wednesday from people
  attempting to cross through flood waters.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flash Flood Watch means that flash flooding is possible.
Monitor forecasts and take action if flash flood warnings are
issued or flash flooding develops.

&&

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Uttech/RP Kinney


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Flood Warning
Flood Statement
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA/IL
447 AM CDT Thu Jun 21 2018

.Updated flood information on the Wapsipinicon and Rock Rivers.

River forecasts include past precipitation and forecast rainfall for
the next 24 hours.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

If you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and find an
alternate route. Turn around, don`t drown.

&&

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/JOSI2.2.ER.180620T1600Z.180624T0600Z.000000T0000Z.NO/
447 AM CDT Thu Jun 21 2018

...Flood Warning remains in effect until further notice...

The Flood Warning continues for
  The Rock River near Joslin.
* Until further notice.
* At  3:45 AM Thursday the stage was 13.0 feet and rising.
* Flood stage is 12.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.
* Forecast, Rise to 15.6 feet Sunday morning, then begin falling.
* Impact, At  15.0 feet, Water affects residences in the Thompson
  addition.

&&

LAT...LON 4152 9032 4169 9002 4163 8999 4148 9027


$$

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Flood Warning
Flood Statement
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA/IL
447 AM CDT Thu Jun 21 2018

.Updated flood information on the Wapsipinicon and Rock Rivers.

River forecasts include past precipitation and forecast rainfall for
the next 24 hours.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

If you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and find an
alternate route. Turn around, don`t drown.

&&

ILC073-161-220146-
/O.CON.KDVN.FL.W.0049.180622T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
/MLII2.2.ER.180622T0000Z.180624T1200Z.000000T0000Z.NO/
447 AM CDT Thu Jun 21 2018

...Flood Warning remains in effect until further notice...

The Flood Warning continues for
  The Rock River at Moline.
* Until further notice.
* At  4:30 AM Thursday the stage was 11.7 feet and rising.
* Flood stage is 12.0 feet.
* No flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.
* Forecast, Rise above flood stage this evening and continue rising
  to 13.9 feet Sunday morning.
* Impact, At  14.0 feet, Major Flood Stage. Water affects South Shore
  Drive and North Shore Drive in Moline west of the 27th Street
  bridge. Water limits access to homes on South Shore Drive east of
  the I-74 bridge. Water also affects portions of 60th Street south
  of John Deere Road.
 

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Moline Police Asking for Tips in Suspicious Death Investigation

Moline Police are asking for tips from the public related to a suspicious death. 23 year old Taylor Kirklin of Moline was found in the front yard of a home in the 2600 block of 16th street on June 18th at 5:05 Am. Moline Police had been called to the scene for a welfare check when they discovered Kirklin’s body. The case is a criminal investigation and Moline Police are asking anyone with any information about Taylor Kirklin’s death to contact Moline Police or Quad Cities Crimestoppers. Specifically, investigators at the Moline Police Department are searching for information regarding Kirklin’s whereabouts leading up to his death on the morning of the 18th. If you have any information regarding the death of Taylor Kirklin of Moline please contact Moline Police at 309-524-2140 or Crimestoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500. 

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More Than 2 Million ITINs To Expire This Year; Renew Soon To Avoid Refund Delays


With more than 2 million Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) set to expire at the end of 2018, the Internal Revenue Service today urged affected taxpayers to submit their renewal applications soon to beat the rush and avoid refund delays next year.

In the third year of the renewal program, the IRS has increased staffing to handle the anticipated influx of W-7 applications for renewal. This third wave of expiring ITINs is expected to affect as many as 2.7 million taxpayers. To help taxpayers, the renewal process for 2019 is beginning earlier than last year.

“Even though the April tax deadline has passed, the IRS encourages people affected by these ITIN changes to take steps as soon as possible to prepare for next year’s tax returns,” said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter. “Acting now to renew ITIN numbers will help taxpayers avoid delays that could affect their tax filing and refunds in 2019. The IRS appreciates the help from partner groups across the nation sharing this information with those with expiring ITIN numbers.”

Under the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, ITINs that have not been used on a federal tax return at least once in the last three consecutive years will expire Dec. 31, 2018. In addition, ITINs with middle digits 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 81 or 82 will also expire at the end of the year. These affected taxpayers who expect to file a tax return in 2019 must submit a renewal application as soon as possible.

ITINs are used by people who have tax filing or payment obligations under U.S. law but who are not eligible for a Social Security number. ITIN holders who have questions should visit the ITIN information page on IRS.gov and take a few minutes to understand the guidelines.

Once again, the IRS is launching a nationwide education effort to share information with ITIN holders. To help taxpayers, the IRS offers a variety of informational materials, including flyers and fact sheets, available in several languages on IRS.gov.

The IRS will continue to work with partner groups and others in the ITIN community to share information widely about these important changes.  

Who should renew an ITIN

• Taxpayers whose ITIN is expiring and who need to file a tax return in 2019 must submit a renewal application. Others do not need to take any action. ITINs with the middle digits 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 81 or 82 (For example: 9NN-73-NNNN) need to be renewed even if the taxpayer has used it in the last three years. The IRS will begin sendingthe CP-48 Notice, You must renew your Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to file your U.S. tax return, in early summer to affected taxpayers. The notice explains the steps to take to renew the ITIN if it will be included on aU.S. tax return filed in 2019. Taxpayers who receive the notice after taking action to renew their ITIN do not need to take further action unless another family member is affected.

• ITINs with middle digits of 70, 71, 72, 78, 79 or 80 have previously expired. Taxpayers with these ITINs can still renew at any time.

• Spouses or dependents residing inside the United States should renew their ITINs. However, spouses and dependents residing outside the United States do not need to renew their ITINs unless they anticipate being claimed for a tax benefit (for example, after they move to the United States) or if they file their own tax return. That’s because the deduction for personal exemptions is suspended for tax years 2018 through 2025 by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Consequently, spouses or dependents outside the United States who would have been claimed for this personal exemption benefit and no other benefit do not need to renew their ITINs this year.

Family option remains available

Taxpayers with an ITIN that has middle digits 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 81 or 82, as well as all previously expired ITINs, have the option to renew ITINs for their entire family at the same time. Those who have received a renewal letter from the IRS can choose to renew the family’s ITINs together, even if family members have an ITIN with middle digits that have not been identified for expiration. Family members include the tax filer, spouse and any dependents claimed on the tax return.

How to renew an ITIN

To renew an ITIN, a taxpayer must complete a Form W-7 and submit all required documentation. Taxpayers submitting a Form W-7 to renew their ITIN are not required to attach a federal tax return. However, taxpayers must still note a reason for needing an ITIN on the Form W-7. See the Form W-7 instructions for detailed information.
There are three ways to submit the W-7 application package. Taxpayers can:
• Mail the Form W-7, along with original identification documents or copies certified by the agency that issued them, to the IRS address listed on the Form W-7 instructions. The IRS will review the identification documents and return them within 60 days.
• Work with Certified Acceptance Agents (CAAs) authorized by the IRS to help taxpayers apply for an ITIN. CAAs can authenticate all identification documents for primary and secondary taxpayers, verify that an ITIN application is correct before submitting it to the IRS for processing and authenticate the passports and birth certificates for dependents. This saves taxpayers from mailing original documents to the IRS.
• In advance, call and make an appointment at a designated IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center to have each applicant’s identity authenticated in person instead of mailing original identification documents to the IRS. Applicants should bring a completed Form W-7 along with all required identification documents. See the TAC ITIN authentication page for more details.

Avoid common errors now and prevent delays next year

Federal tax returns that are submitted in 2019 with an expired ITIN will be processed. However, certain tax credits and any exemptions will be disallowed. Taxpayers will receive a notice in the mail advising them of the change to their tax return and their need to renew their ITIN. Once the ITIN is renewed, applicable credits and exemptions will be restored and any refunds will be issued.

Additionally, several common errors can slow down and hold some ITIN renewal applications. These mistakes generally center on missing information or insufficient supporting documentation, such as name changes. The IRS urges any applicant to check over their form carefully before sending it to the IRS.
As a reminder, the IRS no longer accepts passports that do not have a date of entry into the U.S. as a stand-aloneidentification document for dependents from a country other than Canada or Mexico, or dependents of U.S. militarypersonnel overseas. The dependent’s passport must have a date of entry stamp, otherwise the following additionaldocuments to prove U.S. residency are required:
•               U.S. medical records for dependents under age 6,
•               U.S. school records for dependents under age 18, and
•               U.S. school records (if a student), rental statements, bank statements or utility bills listing theapplicant’s name and U.S. address, if over age 18.

IRS continues to encourage more applicants for the Acceptance Agent Program to expand ITIN services

To increase the availability of ITIN services nationwide, particularly in communities with high ITIN usage, the IRS is actively recruiting Certified Acceptance Agents and accepting applications year-round. Interested individuals are encouraged to review all CAA program changes and requirements and submit an application to become a Certified Acceptance Agent.

For more information, visit the ITIN information page on IRS.gov

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Bettendorf Releases Fourth of July Schedule

Bettendorf’s 4th of July festivities kick off on Tuesday, July 3 with a free outdoor concert featuring Country Singer Adam Cunningham. Adam’s high energy stage presence and gritty, soulful voice gained the Nashville singer fans nationwide. Adam, who is originally from Grandview, IA, was a contestant on Season 13 of The Voice, finishing in 6th place.

 

Music begins at 5:00 p.m. with local Classic Rock Band Hap Hazard, followed by the Army Band at 7:00 p.m. Adam will take the stage at 9:00 p.m. The concert will be held on the west stage near 18th Street on Spruce Hills Drive.

 

Food and beer will be available to purchase. Coolers are allowed at the concert.

 

No fireworks or shuttle service on Tuesday, July 3.

 

4th of July Parade

Bettendorf’s 4th of July parade will be held on Wednesday, July 4 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the intersection of 23rd Street and State Street. The procession will go east on State Street, around McDonald’s to Grant Street, west on Grant Street to 16th Street, turning south on 16th Street, east on State Street, and ends at 21st Street. For more information, contact Don Wells at 563-210-0465. The parade is directed by the Greater Bettendorf Community Foundation.

Parade Marshal

This year’s grand marshal is Mark Smith, CEO of Hand in Hand of the Quad Cities. Hand in Hand is a non-profit organization that has been serving the Quad Cities since 2000 by creating fun, inclusive learning experience for children and young adults with special needs. Mark is one of the founders of Hand in Hand, along with his wife Vinnie and Dave and Joanie Steil. The program was started so those with special needs or disabilities could be afforded the same opportunities as other children.

 

4th of July Festival Schedule

Beginning July 3 through July 5, Spruce Hills Drive will be closed from 18th Street to Cumberland Square Drive. Access to Cumberland Square businesses will be on Spruce Hills Drive near Azteca and 18th Street.

On Wednesday, July 4, crafts, food, amusement rides, and music will be held on Spruce Hills Drive.

Opening ceremony begins at noon.

Melodrama will sing the National Anthem during the opening ceremony. Melodrama is a vocal harmony group put together by Sarah Hepner of the QC Rock Academy. These Bettendorf Middle School girls have been practicing and performing together for over a year and enjoy covering a variety of musical genres.

Mayor Gallagher and City Council will serve FREE ice cream at the hospitality tent from noon until 2:00 p.m.

Arts/crafts, food, and beverage booths will be available.

The Quad Cities Optimist Fishing Derby at Middle Park Lagoon from noon until 2:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded.

Quad City Skydiving Center’s Parachute Team shows throughout the day, including evening.

T.J. Regul, The Quad City Magician, will offer fun on the spot performances from Noon-6:00 p.m. near petting zoo.

Jim and Carol Bowe will perform at 6:00 p.m. at the Bill Bowe Memorial Band Shell, 1645 23rd Street. The Bettendorf Park Band will play at 7:30 p.m.

Amusement Rides

Amusement Rides, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (Ticket sales stop at 6:30 p.m.)

 

Ticket prices for rides are: single ticket/$1 or 12 tickets/$10 (socks are required on rides)

 

Miller’s Farmland Petting Zoo - 1 ticket per person

 

Petting Zoo Choo Train - 3 tickets per person

 

Zip Line - 5 tickets per person

 

Wipe Out – 3 tickets per person

 

Double Lane Castle Waterslide – 3 tickets per person

 

Sports inflatables, bouncers, slides, and obstacle course - 1 ticket per person

 

Band Schedule for Wednesday, July 4

    East Stage Near Teske’s

12 p.m. - 2 p.m.    Spike

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.      VanderVeer

4 p.m. - 6 p.m.      Corporate Rock

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.      Moonshine Run

8 p.m. - 10 p.m.    North of 40

 

    West Stage Near 18th Street

12 p.m. - 2 p.m.    Soul Storm

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.      The Night People

4 p.m. - 6 p.m.      Crooked Cactus Band

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.      Hap Hazard

8 p.m. - 10 p.m.    Bugeye Sprite

Shuttle Service

Bettendorf Transit Service will provide transportation to the festival from Bettendorf High School. Shuttle service begins at Noon and ends at 9:00 p.m. No shuttle service during the fireworks. No shuttle service on Tuesday, July 3.

 

Fireworks

Fireworks will be held at Middle Park at dusk on Wednesday, July 4. Rain date for fireworks and the Park Band only is Saturday, July 7. There will be no fireworks on Monday, July 3.

J&M Displays, the company presenting Bettendorf’s fireworks, will offer a free app to sync patriotic music with the fireworks display. Available on iOS and Android, the app allows people attending the fireworks to hear music that goes along with the show right from a mobile device. To download the J&M Displays app, go to the App Store on a smart phone or tablet. You can also download the app from the QR Code. On July 4, once you are in the app, click on AVAILABLE EVENTS, then click on the BETTENDORF SHOW, and wait for the fireworks to begin. The app will need an active data connection during the fireworks display in order to function.

Sponsors

Tri-City Electric Co.                                                          Freedom Sponsorship

UnityPoint Health, Trinity                                               Freedom Sponsorship

Isle                                                                                    Star Spangled Banner Sponsorship

Build to Suit                                                                     Red Sponsorship

University of Iowa Community Credit Union                 Red Sponsorship

US Adventure RV                                                             Red Sponsorship

Barton Solvents, Inc.                                                       White Sponsorship

K&K Hardware                                                                 White Sponsorship

Ascentra Credit Union                                                     White Sponsorship

Town Square Media                                                         White Sponsorship

Rivermont Collegiate                                                       Blue Sponsorship

RIA Federal Credit Union                                                Blue Sponsorship

Bettendorf Business Network                                         Blue Sponsorship

 

Sponsor Levels

Freedom Level $5,000 +      Star Spangled Banner Level $2,500 +

Red Level  $1,000 +             White Level $500 +                               Blue Level $250 + 

 

Residential Fireworks in Bettendorf

Last year, the City of Bettendorf updated the ordinance for fireworks within the city limits.  Consumer fireworks are restricted to July 3 and July 4 from 2:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. each day. Residents are allowed to shoot off fireworks on their own property or have permission from the property owner. Individuals may not shoot off fireworks on public property, streets, or in city parks. This includes Middle Park during the fireworks display.

Fireworks outside of the approved dates and times will not be allowed and the offender is subject to a fine.  The fines are as follows: first offense $250.00, second offense $400.00, and third or more offenses $625.00. Both adults and minors are subject to fines for violating the fireworks ordinance.

If fireworks are being used at a residence and the person responsible for setting off the fireworks does not come forward, the homeowner will be cited for Disorderly House, 5-5A-7 of the City Code, with a fine up to $625.00.

This ordinance will be strictly enforced by the Bettendorf Police Department.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Chief Keith Kimball at kkimball@bettendorf.org or 563-344-4020.

Sky Lanterns are Prohibited

Sky lanterns are prohibited in the City of Bettendorf under the International Fire Code.

 

Sky Lanterns, or as they are sometimes called, Floating Lanterns, Wishing Lanterns, and Celebration Lanterns are airborne paper lanterns with a small candle or fuel cell that when lit, heats the air in the lantern making it rise. They are known to travel up to several miles from where they were released. If a sky lantern lands on a roof or on a combustible surface while it is still burning, it could ignite and cause a fire.

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Bettendorf to Hold Townhall to Discuss Community Center

The City of Bettendorf has announced a town hall meeting to discuss the future of the Herbert D. Goettsch Community Center, Life Fitness Center and Splash Landing. The meeting is scheduled for 7 Pm on Thursday, June 28th at Bettendorf City Hall, in the City Council Chamber. Anyone interested is invited to attend and voice their opinion the future and the needs of these locations. The meeting is part of a larger ongoing project, The Parks Facilities Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study being conducted by Perkins + Will. You can follow the progress of this project by going to BettendorfRecCenterStudy.com. 

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Paul Rudd The Catcher Was a Spy Coming to the Putnam Museum

Paul Rudd is coming to Davenport…. Sort of. The star of Ant-Man and the Wasp has another movie coming out called The Catcher Was a Spy. This based on a true story film features Rudd as Moe Berg, a real life professional baseball catcher who became an American spy in World War 2 Germany. The Catcher and the Spy has yet to reach a nationwide theatrical release however, it will be showing on Tuesday, June 19th at the Putnam Museum in Davenport as part of a new series of movies at the Putnam. The Putnam museum is partnering with the New York Film Critics Circle for a series of shows that will feature smaller, independently released movies that will be accompanied by a live on location interview with NYFCC member and critic, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone and the stars of the movie. In the case of The Catcher Was a Spy, the interview subject will be star Paul Rudd who will be live with Mr. Travers via satellite to several theaters around the country including The Putnam Museum on their National Geographic Giant Screen. Tickets to attend are $10 and include the movie and the interview which will take place prior to the film, beginning at 7 Pm. Kim Findlay of the Putnam Museum told Jack Daily News that The Catcher Was a Spy is the first in a series of 10 features that will include interviews with movie stars, and key movie personnel and host Peter Travers called The New York Critics Series. Tickets can be purchased via the Putnam Museum website or at the Putnam prior to the show. Doors open Tuesday night, June 19th at 6:30 Pm.

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Lee Brice Headlining John Deere Classic Charity Concert

The organizers of the John Deere Classic have announced that country music superstar Lee Brice is helping raise funds for John Deere Classic charities. The John Deere Classic is returning to Deere Run the week of July 9th to the 15th and Lee Brice, with opening act Lewis Brice, will be performing a benefit concert for John Deere Classic Charities on July 11th at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf as part of the festivities leading up to the tournament that weekend. If you want to help raise money for John Deere Classic Charities and see Lee Brice in concert find the John Deere Classic Facebook page and your special code. You will enter the code for the chance to buy tickets which are available currently for the price of a $125 donation to JDC charities. 

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Rodney Carrington Returning to the Quad Cities

Comedian Rodney Carrington is returning to the Quad Cities this October. According to a release from the Adler Theater, the popular comic has booked a show at The Adler on October 12th at 7 Pm. Carrington is on tour to support is new comedy album “Here Comes the Truth.” Tickets for Rodney Carrington at the Adler Theater, October 12th, go on sale this Friday, June 22nd at 10 Am at the Adler box office and ticketmaster.

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Bishop Hill Opens An Artist Cooperative: The Bishop Hill Creative Commons

When you first walk in the front door of Bishop Hill’s newest business your eyes are drawn to the wide array of art on every wall. Knowing this was the quilt shop, one should not be surprised that there are quilts, modern and traditional quilts, as well as small and large geometric barn quilts. There are both watercolor and acrylic paintings of flowers and roosters, hummingbirds and historic buildings. Your nose catches the scent of hand-made soaps, and there is a gleaming display case of hand-burnished copper jewelry. You see traditional wheat weavings and colorful aprons. Looking closer you see the intricate wood burning and painting on gourds. Books, half-open, have every single page folded to reveal a word or a flower in the pattern formed by the paper folding. You might notice a few rows of chairs set up for the Summer Songwriter Series of Concerts at the Commons. And everywhere there is the air of enchantment and inspiration.

The Bishop Hill Creative Commons at 309 Bishop Hill Road has its grand opening during the village’s annual Midsommar event this Saturday June 23rd.

 

 According to their founder, storyteller and author Brian “Fox” Ellis, “The Bishop Hill Creative Commons is a collective of visual and performing artists dedicated to the promotion of community and creativity. There is an art gallery displaying the work of both traditional folk arts and modern art. We are hosting concerts, storytelling, and theatre, as well as workshops for adults, families and the home schooled community.”

 

“Our motto is ‘Where Creativity and Inspiration meet to…’ and we let you fill in the blank,” says Fox, adding “we want everyone who comes through our doors to feel inspired; that they can be a part of our creative community. The Commons is focused on building community by nurturing creativity.”

His partner is John Taylor, best known for his Cà d'Zan House Concerts in Cambridge, Illinois, and his heroic efforts in spearheading the Levitt AMP Galva Music Series. Taylor is well known in the regional music scene and has helped transform the old Village Smithy Quilt Shop into one of the area’s premiere concert venues. He has already booked a Summer Songwriter Series featuring local and regional musicians every other Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm. The line-up includes: Matt and Christina June 30th, Lewis Knudsen July 14th, Chris Stevens July 28th, Corie “Cow” Weisenberger August 11th. Daniel Watkins on August 25th will start at 6:00. They are currently booking a fall schedule of national and international touring bands. All of the concerts are for all ages and family friendly.

 

Taylor says, “As a collective we can do more together than if this were owned by just one artist. It is about building community.” He encourages you to like their Facebook page to keep up on the concert series. He also said, “We still have a few spaces open if you want to join our artist cooperative.”

 

Fox added, “Our first children’s art class will be June 28th at 10 am.” It will be lead by Jelena Todorovich, a Bishop Hill native and graduate of the Art Institute in Chicago. They are planning weekly art classes and workshops in creative writing. They have already hosted their first wedding and have three more planned. Fox told us this is now the largest room available for special events in Bishop Hill. “Bishop Hill has a rich tradition of arts with the Handverk Galleri and the Prairie Arts Center, it really is a place where the arts thrive. The Commons is excited to be a part of this vibrant arts community and we invite everyone to come participate in making every day an inspiring day.”

For more information stop in or visit: facebook.com/bhcommons.

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Moline Police Investigate Shooting Incident

On June 18th, 2018, at approximately 02:30AM, Moline Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 2400 block 16th Street, Moline. 

A Moline Police Officer was in the area, heard several shots being fired and observed two vehicles fleeing the scene at a high rate of speed.

Moline Police attempted to pull one of the vehicles over but the vehicle did not stop, increasing its speed as we pursued the vehicle. The vehicle then turned off its lights and was traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph and out of an abundance of caution to the public the pursuit was discontinued.

Additional officers located a vehicle with several bullet holes in it in the parking lot at The Belgrade, 2431 16th Street, Moline.

A short time later, Moline Police were advised a male, a 28-year-old Chicago resident, arrived at Genesis East Hospital in Davenport with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. The victim’s injuries were not considered life threatening.

If anyone has any information regarding the shooting they are asked to call Moline Police Criminal Investigations at 309-524-2140 or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500.
 

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QC Crime Stoppers Seeks Tips In Homicide Case

Quad Cities Crime Stoppers is now offering a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to arrest of the person(s) responsible for the Jason Roberts Homicide. 
The Davenport Police Department is looking for your help to identify and arrest the person(s) responsible for the murder of Jason Roberts.
Davenport Police responded to a disturbance/shots-fired call about 2:06 a.m. near 800 W. 4th Street, where they found Jason Blair Roberts, 46, suffering from life-threatening injuries after being shot.  Officers provided first-aid services to the gunshot victim until medical personnel arrived on the scene, which is close to Lafayette Park, two blocks north of the foot of the Talbot Memorial (Centennial) Bridge.  Medic EMS transported Roberts to Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street; he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Due to the support of private donations from the community and the maximum amount payable by QC Crime Stoppers, the reward amount has doubled over the past 48 hours, from $5,000 to $10,000.
If you have any information regarding the Jason Roberts homicide, please contact Davenport Police Department or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities where you can remain anonymous.
If you have information concerning this crime, call the tip line at 309-762-9500 or visit the free app P3 Tips and submit the information anonymously.  All tips are anonymous and if your information leads to the arrest of the person believed to have murdered Jason Roberts, you’ll receive a cash reward of up to $10,000.

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Applications Still Available For The 2018 Mississippi Valley Fair Queen Contest

 

 Applications remain available for the 2018 Mississippi Valley Fair Queen Contest. They can be found at mvfair.com or may be picked up at the fair office, 2815 W. Locust St., Davenport.

 

The deadline for their return is July 1, 2018.

 

The winner of the contest will reign during the fair, which is being held July 31 to Aug. 5, and will assist with various fair activities during the week. The winner also will represent Scott County and the Mississippi Valley Fair at the Iowa State Fair’s queen competition. The Iowa State Fair takes place Aug. 9-19.

 

This year’s Mississippi Valley Fair Queen Contest takes place at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, at Keppy Hall. The queen will be crowned during the fair at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, in the Variety Tent.

 

Mississippi Valley Fair Queen Contest contestants must be between the ages of 17 and 21 years of age on Aug. 9, 2018, the first day of the Iowa State Fair. Contestants must reside in Scott County or an adjoining county and have never been married or had children. Additional contest rules can be found on the application form.

 

Contestants will be judged on the following:

A – Personality, attitude, appearance and awareness.

B – Leadership and citizenship, contribution to community.

C -- Overall appearance, charm, poise.

Each contestant must also be a member of at least one service organization in her community, such as a church group, FFA, 4-H or Girl Scouts.

The new queen will receive a sash and crown plus a $750 scholarship sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Fair Board.

Contest superintendents are Jeantee Keppy and Joan Martz. For additional information, call Keppy at (563) 370-5011 or Martz at (563) 528-1496. The Mississippi Valley Fair Queen Contest also has a Facebook page.

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Governor Bruce Rauner is announcing agriculture grants

Governor Bruce Rauner is announcing 16 million dollars in agriculture grants for Illinois communities. The grants include five million dollars for educational programs through the University of Illinois extension service. Another five will be split between all 92 county fairs in Illinois. The final six million will go to soil and water conservation districts across the state.

 

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It's Hot Hot Hot

It is going to continue to be a hot one outside. There is a heat advisory out for the Quad City area ending on Sunday Night at 7pm. If you have to be outside for any reason, you need to make sure to have plenty of water to stay hydrated. If your place is too hot to handle, try going to a store to cool down.

 

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Salmonella linked to Honey Smack cereal

The CDC is investigating a multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smack cereal. 73 cases from 31 states have been confirmed so far, including one in Illinois. The symptoms of salmonella poisoning usually show up 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food and include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Some people affected have had to be hospitalized.

 

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Applications are still available for the 2018 Mississippi Valley Fair Queen Contest

Davenport, Iowa (June 14, 2018) – Applications remain available for the 2018 Mississippi Valley Fair Queen Contest. They can be found at mvfair.com or may be picked up at the fair office, 2815 W. Locust St., Davenport.

 

The deadline for their return is July 1, 2018.

 

The winner of the contest will reign during the fair, which is being held July 31 to Aug. 5, and will assist with various fair activities during the week. The winner also will represent Scott County and the Mississippi Valley Fair at the Iowa State Fair’s queen competition. The Iowa State Fair takes place Aug. 9-19.

 

This year’s Mississippi Valley Fair Queen Contest takes place at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, at Keppy Hall. The queen will be crowned during the fair at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, in the Variety Tent.

 

Mississippi Valley Fair Queen Contest contestants must be between the ages of 17 and 21 years of age on Aug. 9, 2018, the first day of the Iowa State Fair. Contestants must reside in Scott County or an adjoining county and have never been married or had children. Additional contest rules can be found on the application form.

 

Contestants will be judged on the following:

A – Personality, attitude, appearance and awareness.

B – Leadership and citizenship, contribution to community.

C -- Overall appearance, charm, poise.

Each contestant must also be a member of at least one service organization in her community, such as a church group, FFA, 4-H or Girl Scouts.

The new queen will receive a sash and crown plus a $750 scholarship sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Fair Board.

Contest superintendents are Jeantee Keppy and Joan Martz. For additional information, call Keppy at (563) 370-5011 or Martz at (563) 528-1496. The Mississippi Valley Fair Queen Contest also has a Facebook page.

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IL Unemployment Rate Decreases

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate decreased by -0.1 percentage point to 4.3 percent in May and nonfarm payrolls increased by +8,600 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The April job gain was revised down slightly from its initial report to show a smaller gain. (+2,500 jobs versus +4,700 jobs).

Job growth stabilized in the March to May period posting average monthly gains of +4,600 jobs over this three-month period, about the same as the 6-month average monthly gain of +4,500 jobs between December 2017 to May 2018.

“Through the first five months of the year, jobs are growing faster than each of the past two years,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “More than half of the year-to-date gain of nearly 28,000 jobs is coming from those sectors with higher-than-average wages.”

“Since Governor Rauner took office, Illinois has added 192,700 jobs and the unemployment rate has fallen 1.7 points,” said Illinois Department of Commerce Director Sean McCarthy. “We’re seeing increases in job creation, retention, and investment due to the implementation of a pro-business climate. Our work certainly continues as we look to build upon these results to generate opportunity and success for all Illinoisans.”

In May, the three industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were Education and Health Services (+3,500); Government (+2,600); and Financial Activities (+2,100). The industry sectors with the largest payroll declines were: Information services (-900) and Leisure and Hospitality (-800).

Over-the-year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +60,200 jobs with the largest gains in these industry sectors in May: Government (+13,800); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+11,100); and Financial Activities (+10,400). The industry sectors with the largest over-the-year declines were: Information Services (-3,900) and Mining (-300). Illinois nonfarm payrolls were up +1.0 percent over-the-year in sharp contrast to the nation’s +1.6 percent over-the-year gain in May, but it was the largest over-the-year gain in nearly a year.

The state’s unemployment rate is +0.5 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for May 2018, which dropped to 3.8 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -0.6 percentage points from a year ago when it was 4.9 percent. The Illinois jobless rate last stood at 4.3 percent in September 2006.

The number of unemployed workers decreased -2.9 percent from the prior month to 278,800, down -12.2 percent over the same month for the prior year. The labor force was about unchanged over-the-month, but it was up +0.1 percent over the prior year. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and are seeking employment.

An individual who exhausts or is ineligible for benefits is still reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work. To help connect jobseekers to employers who are hiring, IDES’ maintains the state’s largest job search engine,  IllinoisJoblink.com (IJL), which recently showed 55,668 posted resumes with 200,555 jobs available.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

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Crime Stoppers Need Your Help

The Davenport Police Department is looking for your help to identify and arrest the person(s) responsible for the murder of Jason Roberts.


Davenport Police responded to a disturbance/shots-fired call about 2:06 a.m. near 800 W. 4th Street, where they found Jason Blair Roberts, 46, suffering from life-threatening injuries after being shot.  Officers provided first-aid services to the gunshot victim until medical personnel arrived on the scene, which is close to Lafayette Park, two blocks north of the foot of the Talbot Memorial (Centennial) Bridge.  Medic EMS transported Roberts to Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street; he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.


Due to the support of private donations from the community and the maximum amount payable by QC Crime Stoppers, the reward amount has doubled over the past 48 hours, from $5,000 to $10,000.
If you have any information regarding the Jason Roberts homicide, please contact Davenport Police Department or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities where you can remain anonymous.
If you have information concerning this crime, call the tip line at 309-762-9500 or visit the free app P3 Tips and submit the information anonymously.  All tips are anonymous and if your information leads to the arrest of the person believed to have murdered Jason Roberts, you’ll receive a cash reward of up to $10,000.

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Red, White and Boom is going to be HUGE!

 2018’s Red White and Boom is sure to be a memorable one. On July 3, the Independence Day celebration will bring one of the Midwest’s largest fireworks displays to the Quad Cities, along with live music and a variety of other activities. Red White and Boom –celebrating America’s birthday– is guaranteed to be a source of patriotic family fun.

 

Red White and Boom will host a unique fireworks display on the Mississippi River. Two dueling barges will be firing off the celebratory display on the river beginning at 9:30 p.m. Red White and Boom has joined with Townsquare Media’s 97x, to broadcast the music for the fireworks. The music and firing sequences are downloaded into a computer controlled launch pad, allowing the fireworks to be launched at specific times, accentuating the display.

 

Family friendly activities will begin starting at 5 p.m. for both Schwiebert Park and Modern Woodmen Park. The VanderBOOM! Viewing area is located in LeClaire Park in downtown Davenport, and will also be open to the public at 5 p.m. River City 6 will provide the entertainment for LeClaire Park starting at 7 p.m.

 

Modern Woodmen Park will feature kid friendly activities provided by the River Bandits, the USO and Davenport Park and Rec.  Live music by Rude Punch and the 34th Army band, Sidewinder, will be going before and after the fireworks.

 

Activities at Schwiebert Park include inflatables, food vendors and a beer garden sponsored by Bent River Brewery. COUNTRY Financial is presenting The Country Couch Potatoes at 5 p.m., followed by the Metropolitan Youth Program Drill Team of Rock Island with Smooth Groove starting at 7:00 p.m.

 

Modern Woodmen and Schwiebert Park, will both host ceremonies with a proclamation highlighting the Rock Island Arsenal, those who are serving and those who have served in our nation’s military.

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A Taste On The River Set For June 22

The American Red Cross A Taste on the River is just over a week away and in addition to a new name, this updated version of Picnic on the River will include some fun new twists.

A Taste on the River is Friday, June 22, 2018 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. at Schwiebert Riverfront Park in downtown Rock Island. Yoyo y Yo kicks off the festivities and the Dani Lyn Howe Band will take the stage at 8:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy culinary delights from local chefs as they compete for the title of A Taste on the River Top Chef. Guests can take part in the game hub, which will include a giant Jenga, bags toss and putting green. Guests can bid on unique items and experiences featured in the silent and live auctions including the “Velie Dinner,” a Chicago weekend with private condo accommodations and tickets to Hamilton, and much more.

There will be a $25 “Wine Pull” hosted by Bob “The Wine Guy” Mitchum, with bottles of wine ranging in value from $25 to $75.  Guests can also participate in a $20 craft beer growler “pull” or gift card “pull” for coffee cards and various restaurant certificates. 

Tickets for A Taste on the River are $50 and available at redcross.org/ATasteontheRiver or by calling 309-743-2166. Tickets will be available at the event, but advance tickets are encouraged.

A Taste on the River benefits the American Red Cross Serving the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois. Funds raised at the event help to support disaster relief, services to our military members and their families, and preparedness education for youth and adults.

This year, the Fund-A-Cause will support the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, which helps families in our community be better prepared for home fires and gives financial assistance to those families that suffer a devastating home fire.

“The Home Fire Campaign funds the installation of free smoke alarms to area families and home fire safety information including how to create a home fire escape plan,” said Trish Burnett, Interim Executive Director, American Red Cross Serving the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois. “In supporting the Home Fire Campaign, you are also helping the Red Cross provide critical services to local residents after a devastating home fire – including a safe place to stay, food, clothing and health services.”

A Taste on the River is presented by McLaughlin Motors, and the event committee is chaired by LuAnn Haydon and Lori Bippus.

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Crime Stoppers Of The QC Seeking Tips On The Jason Roberts Homicide Case

Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities is offering a cash reward of up to $5000 for information leading to arrest of the person(s) responsible for the Jason Roberts Homicide. 
Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities and the Davenport Police Department are looking for your help to identify and the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Jason Roberts.
Davenport Police responded to a disturbance/shots-fired call about 2:06 a.m. near 800 W. 4th Street, where they found Jason Blair Roberts, 46, suffering from life-threatening injuries after being shot.
Officers provided first-aid services to the gunshot victim until medical personnel arrived on the scene, which is close to Lafayette Park, two blocks north of the foot of the Talbot Memorial (Centennial) Bridge.  Medic EMS transported Roberts to Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street; he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.
If you have any information regarding the Jason Roberts homicide, please contact Davenport Police Department or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities where you can remain anonymous.
If you have information concerning this crime, call the tip line at 309-762-9500.  All tips are anonymous and if your information leads to the arrest of the person believed to have murdered Jason Roberts, you’ll receive a cash reward of up to $5,000.

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Alzheimer's Specialty License Plate Available in Illinois

Specialty license plates supporting the Alzheimer’s Association are now available in Illinois. Illinois residents can now order their ENDALZ plate through the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.

These purple End Alzheimer's or ENDALZ plates will raise awareness and necessary funds in the fight against Alzheimer’s. More than 220,000 people are currently living with Alzheimer's disease in Illinois, and that number continues to grow.

The plate has a white background and features ENDALZ, as well as the Alzheimer’s Association's signature color purple and Association logo.

“It’s incredible to see these Alzheimer’s Association purple plates starting to show up on Illinois roads,” says Jen Belkov, Vice President of Public Policy for the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter. “Alzheimer’s Association specialty license plates will help raise dementia awareness, while also providing a steady source of additional revenue, so the Association can continue to offer the care and support that individuals and families facing Alzheimer’s disease throughout Illinois desperately need.”

To order your plate, visit cyberdriveillinois.com and click on "Pick-a-Plate", then "Specialty Plate". There is an additional annual fee of $25, of which $23 will go to the local Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. For information on the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter visit: www.alz.org/illinois.

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The Rising Star Stage Returns To The IL State Fair This Year

After the successful first year of the Rising Star Stage in 2017, it is returning to the Illinois State Fair. This FREE stage features a different up and coming music act each night of the fair from 7-8 pm. The Rising Star Stage is located on Central Avenue, just east of the Shed.

“We are thrilled to bring the Rising Star Stage back in 2018,” says State Fair Manager Luke Sailer. “This stage gives fairgoers the chance to see artists who are soon to be big names in the music industry for FREE. Last year Ashley McBryde played the Rising Star Stage and this year she is opening for Luke Combs on the grandstand.”

Logan Mize will perform on Thursday, August 9. Mize hails from Kansas and has been doing whatever it takes to reach his goals. His latest record, Come Back Road, debuted in the top 20 Billboard Country Albums ad reached No. 2 on the iTunes Country Charts. This album features the hit song, “It Ain’t Always Pretty.”

Friday, August 10 will feature Walker Country. The sister duo is signed to Warner Music Nashville. The Indiana natives make performing a family affair as their dad plays lead guitar. Typically playing country music, the duo adds some soulful and southern rock flair to their music.

The Howlin’ Brothers will be the rising star on Saturday, August 11. The old-time country/string band trio infuses blues and bluegrass in each show. They mix traditional country music with the sounds of a slide banjo, harmonica, and fiddle. Rolling Stone Magazine called one of their albums “a rip-roarin’, hootenanny on wax that puts a rocked-out spin on old-timey bluegrass.”

Performing on Sunday, August 12 is Ivory Layne. An old soul who began songwriting at just six years old, made the move from North Carolina to Nashville to pursue music. The title track from her second EP, “Something’s Gonna Happen” helped her land two global ad campaigns.

Monday, August 13 will be slightly different featuring a Fall Football Preview with Josh Whitman. Whitman serves as the Athletic Director for the University of Illinois. In addition to getting the inside scoop on the Fighting Illini, this program will also feature a preview of the upcoming high school football season with insight provided by the coaches in the CS8 Conference along with Sports Radio 1450 personalities.  This program will begin at 6 pm.

Wayland will take on the Rising Star Stage on Tuesday, August 14. The rock group was formed in 2010 and has seen widespread success. Their newest album Rinse & Repeat, features the hit “Through the Fire” which has reached into the 20s on Billboard Mainstream Rock. Inspiration comes from many places, but you are guaranteed to hear some crunchy guitar riffs and pounding drums in their songs.

Wednesday, August 15 will feature Brandon Lay. His first single “Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers” perfectly describes Lay’s upbringing. Originally from Tennessee, he wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on his upcoming album including his latest hit, “Yada Yada Yada.” Lay is currently opening for Kenny Chesney on his 2018 tour.

On Thursday, August 16 Bishop Gunn will be on the Rising Star Stage. The group has been doing non-stop touring, festivals, and opening for other acts recently. The Mississippi natives named their first album Natchez, which also happens to be their hometown. Listeners can expect to hear a mix of rock and roll, soul, and blues from these guys. In May 2018, Rolling Stone Magazine listed them as one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know”.

Performing on Saturday, August 18 is Ryan Griffin. Being named a SiriusXM Highway Find has confirmed this Florida native is on the right career path. Incorporating soul and R&B in to his music has led him to create his Sake of the Summer EP that includes hits, “Back Seats & Burnt CDs,” and “Woulda Left Me Too.”

Central Illinois natives, Broseph, will close out the fair on Sunday, August 19. Another way to say brothers or best friends, it’s obvious that the band name fits this group. They have a Top 40 single with “Right Where She Wants Me,” and a Top 60 single with “Fill ‘Em On Up.” Critics say each and every Broseph show is packed with energy and leaves fans wanting more.

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Illinois State Fair, August 9th – 19th, in Springfield, IL.

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